A deceased killer whale at Bates Beach was found Thursday and has been attracting quite the crowd of onlookers. Representatives from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada are investigating the cause of death of the 18-year-old whale

Whale necropsy results posted

Infection caused by still fetus proved fatal to Rhapsody

  • Dec. 16, 2014 5:00 p.m.

The necropsy results on J32 a.k.a. Rhapsody, the 19-year-old pregnant killer whale whose body was spotted off-shore and towed to Bates Beach, are official.

The following is an excerpt of a press release from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

“Necropsy results confirm that J32 was pregnant with a near full-erm female calf. The examination indicates that the cause of death was a result of in utero fetal loss with secondary bacterial involvement (endometritis), and eventually maternal septicemia; meaning the fetus caused an infection that became systemic, and ultimately fatal to J32.

“Tissue samples from the necropsy will be sent to eight different reference laboratories across Canada and the United States for further investigations, and a final report will be posted on the DFO website in the spring of 2015.

“Fisheries and Oceans Canada would like to acknowledge the First Nations community for their ceremonial offering before the necropsy on the deceased killer whale, and acknowledge the efforts and collaboration from the BC Ministry of Agriculture (and in particular, Dr. Stephen Raverty, Veterinary Pathologist who performed the necropsy exam), the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Whale Museum in Friday Harbour, Washington, the Vancouver Aquarium, and the University of British Columbia.

 

Just Posted

Single vehicle crash on Old Island Highway sends driver to hospital

A single-vehicle crash just north of Courtenay early Friday morning sent one… Continue reading

Driftwood Mall hosts Christmas tree silent auction for YANA

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — at the Driftwood… Continue reading

Annual Sharing the Christmas Spirit Hamper Program is underway

A fundraising dance will be held for the program next Saturday at the Native Sons Hall.

Hornby Island Co-op to stop selling plastic water bottles

In a bid to think globally but act locally, a Hornby Island… Continue reading

Virtuality Reality comes to the Comox Valley

Two new VR gaming centres opened locally last month, coincidentally on the same weekend.

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Pine beetles from Jasper National Park moving into commercial forest

In 2014, beetle activity went from a few spots around Jasper’s townsite to rampant

VIDEO: Tragically Hip members, Alex Trebek receive Order of Canada

Newest recipients join 6,897 Canadians such as Christine Sinclair, Graham Greene and Mark Messier

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young dies at 64

‘Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many.’

‘I will now live in consistent fear’: Allan Schoenborn granted escorted leaves

The Merritt man was deemed not criminally responsible in the killing of his three children in 2008

Cubs move onto semis

It’s been a roller-coaster ride in Florida, but the Comox Valley Cubs… Continue reading

Hammy the deer dodges conservation officers in Prince Rupert

The famous Prince Rupert hammock deer maintains his purple threads

‘No shirt, no service, no Canada’

Shirtless Tacoma man arrested after Canadian border officials say they found meth in rental vehicle

Most Read